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US: Seattle, WA – Front Windows of Victory Clipper

You can get great views if you sit in the comfy chairs in the front lounge of the Victoria Clipper as it speeds along from Victoria, BC to Seattle, WA. See if you can spot the iconic Seattle Space Needle on the horizon.

US: Seattle, WA – View of Seattle Skyline

On the Victoria Clipper in the Puget Sound, you catch the first exciting glimpse of Seattle’s skyline. Do you think Peter Puget who discovered it while on George Vancouver’s expedition, was as excited? Do you see the Space Needle?

US: Seattle, WA – Ferry British Columbia to Seattle, Washington

The Victoria Clipper is a speedy and fun way to zip across the water from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada to Seattle, Washington in the US. 

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Dr. Roberta Bondar Park

At the waterfront in Sault Ste. Marie, there’s a park named after Canada’s first female astronaut. You find out that she is a neurologist, biologist, pilot, the first female Canadian astronaut and crew member of the space shuttle Discovery.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Award Winning Costumes

We were attending the Travel Media Association of Canada’s Annual Conference. Since it was the group’s Silver Anniversary, glittery costumes were recommended – for awards of course. We went all out with our costumes and came in First Place.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Bears Videotaping Cubs Fishing

Someone in Sault Ste. Marie has a great sense of humor. We loved the statue of the adult bear with a camcorder on his shoulder videotaping two cubs. It’s down by the waterfront in Dr. Roberta Bondar park.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Riches to Rags in Sault Ste. Marie

Francis Hector Clergue, a”man of ideas” lived and worked in this 1821 powder magazine/fur trading post by adding an upper story. Arriving in Sault Ste. Marie in 1894, he promoted his “principle of correlation” by grouping related industries around a common power source. Supported by American investors plus local and provincial politicians, Clergue amassed an empire which by 1901 employed 7,000 and was worth about $119 million. The businesses were comprised of: mining, forestry, railway, steel and power. His amazing thinking and vision lasted only about 15 years here because by 1908 he hit a financial snag, lost it all, and moved to Montreal. C’est la vie.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Even Canadians Have Problems with those Pesky Geese

Sign in Dr. Roberta Bondar Park, Sault Ste. Marie “Caution, Scare Gun used for Goose Control”.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Group of Seven Food

At the Heritage Discovery Center we were treated to a meal described in the journals of Group of Seven painters who created their art here about a hundred years ago. The first course for us had been an entire meal for them – about ten pounds of onions. Though it doesn’t sound tantalizing, it was scrumptious, as they caramelized the onions and served them with homemade bread and butter.

Canada: Sault Ste Marie, Ontario – Group of Seven Play

To fully understand the impetus and experience of the Group of Seven Canadian painters’ time in Algoma County, the Theatre in Motion is featuring a one-man show called Moments in Algoma, This group of Seven “experience” has an actor portraying painter Lawren Harris. It’s being shown at the Heritage Discovery Center.